This has been a dream for a while – Riding The Ghan from Darwin to Adelaide so now I’d the chance 🙂
The train is 1 km long and I mean it’s loooong LOL – but the train is divided into sections so it’s not that bad unless you’ve to go on an excursion but for my that is just a benefit since I get a good walk to the busses.
I could sit in my single cabin with an amazing view over the desert – the cows were hiding behind trees to get into the shade and other cows were hiding behind the cow in the shade.
The single cabins are really small but I’d what I needed: a really good bed, a chair, a table, a place to rest the feet, a sink with running hot and cold water, amazing hygiene products made from local plants, some small lockers and a radio. In night the bed was made and it was really good to lie in. Just outside my door is the coffee and tea room where we 24/7 have access to water and can make a cuppa tea. Because of my diet I had my kind of sweeteners waiting in my room (so thoughtful). There were two showers in the wagon and they’re to die for and the water was hot and cold – don’t laugh because in Darwin it’s not a normal thing.
The staff was friendly. We even had the privilege to be 27 people I believe instead of 90 so we get extra attention 🙂
We’d stops in Katherina and Alice Springs but no helicopter ride to Uluru because of the wet season (the weather can change very fast).
In Katherina I chose to take the guided boat trip since the canoe tour was for because of the crocodiles. This trip had a certain amount of walking between the two boat rides and that attracted me. On the way back in the guided boat we had rain and lightning in our tail so we had to hurry to the bus. On shore we saw flying dogs (bats) – amazing.
In Alice Spring I could chose to see the desert park and saw the local animals. The whole area was impressively green because of an extreme amount of water around new year. They had an amazing bird show.
The last night the train stopped out in the absolutely nothing and there was small lamps along the train, a born fire, a telescope to watch the stars while one of the crew members told a story about a couple of the star constellations. Other crew members was serving baileys and something else and top quality chocolates. In other words we had a blast.
The food on The Ghan was well prepared and the cook made me a paleo dessert with oven backed apples and pears with maple syrup, macadamia nuts and heavy cream (not very sweet so perfect for me) – But there were so little vegetables and often the portions were rather small, so it became a subject in our conversations.
Because of the timetable I had to stay in Adelaide for 4 days which was a very pleasant surprise.
The Indian pacific was a different experience of some weird reason.
The train was full so the staff was very busy but still kind and service minded, but my cabin hadn’t been made properly because when I opened my sink there was a used cloth which looked like it had been used for #2 and the sink was wet. So I had to complaint and I hate doing that. Several things in my cabin was broken and the showers was in a huge contrast to the showers at The Ghan. The food was ok but the cook had a very sweet tooth 😉 but he made a huge effort to make me some stunning desserts.
We had one stop on the trip from Adelaide to Sydney in Broken Hill and again compared to the excursions we had on the Ghan it was a waste of time and I heard from other passengers who has taken both trips that the Ghan is something special.
One big highlight for me was when we went through the Blue Mountains. In all The Indian Pacific is a rough ride and a couple of people fell out of their beds through the night because of the movements in the train.